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Min Min lights

Min Min Lights are a widely-reported unexplained phenomenon that have been seen throughout Australia, but are most common in and around Channel Country, Western Queensland.

They are usually described as small, fuzzy, roughly circular, white, illuminated discs, which appear fixed and static even when the observer is on the move.

Because of their prevalence and widespread reliable reporting, researchers are inclined to the view that they are a 'real' (rather than an imaginary folkloric) phenomenon.

A report in the journal Clinical and Experimental Optometry, 2003; 86: 2: pp.109–12 suggested that the lights might be due to Fata Morgana - an atmospheric diffraction phenomenon which can cause distant objects to appear to 'float' over the horizon.

Other explanations centre around bio-luminescence from insect swarms, and geophysical artifacts such as Earthquake lightsplugin-autotooltip__plain plugin-autotooltip_bigEarthquake lights

'Earthquake Lights' [ EQL ] are airborne luminosities associated with seismic activity - reports of them go back more than 2000 years.

"With the beginning of seismology as a science in the 19th century, many scholars devoted time to reporting luminosities associated with earthquake activity. To name a few, the Irish engineer Robert Mallet, the “founder of seismology”, published a five part catalog entitled “On the Facts of Earthquake Phenomena” (Mallet, 1851, 1852, 1853, 185…
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Editor's note: Given the large number of documented sightings and the resulting academic research, it seems clear that this is not a so-called 'paranormal' phenomenon - reports of which are disqualified from inclusion at Wikenigma.


Also see Hessdalen lightsplugin-autotooltip__plain plugin-autotooltip_bigHessdalen lights

The Hessdalen Lights are unexplained airborne lights observed in the Hessdalen valley in rural central Norway. They first appeared in 1981, and at the peak of activity there were around 20 reports each week. Currently, there are fewer events, but the lights have not stopped entirely.


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